On the Perfect Cake Topper…

Did you know we don’t have a cake yet? Back in September 2011, when we started talking budget, we nixed cake. It was not THAT important and it’ll be pricey; however, as soon as I told BM DrA about the engagement she started asking what could she get us, and three seconds later she said she was going to pay for our cake…OK!

So, knowing we’re having a cake after all, I started browsing cake toppers on Pinterest, and then I stumbled upon these beauties:

Image via Red Light Studio on Etsy

These are perfect for one simple reason: Mr. Toadstool’s nickname is “Pollo,” which means chicken (wait, wait—in Spanish it is nothing but a poultry animal and has nothing to do with someone’s courage). People called him that when I met him and have continued to do it through the years, so among out friends we are “The Chickens.”

So, it was only fitting to find something to represent our title and that topper seemed perfect. I know these are supposed to be “lovebirds,” not chickens, but still, they fit. That was until I looked at the price. At $150 USD, Etsy (determined to give me prices in local currency) listed it at an exuberant price of $1,750.00 Mexican pesos. Now, did you know I can buy a 4.7 liter bottle of Johnny Walker Red Label with that money? And I’ll get change back.

The next best thing to do was to find someone who could make  me something like that. It seemed like a long shot, until Sister Toadstool pointed me in the direction of Mi Mundo de Peluche, a local business run by Rachel, a young girl with incredible talent. Her focal points are clay charms, and although she focuses on Japanese anime characters and video games, she agreed to try make the little birds.

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Images via Mi Mundo de Peluche on FB

I sent her the inspiration and some directions, and she presented me with these:

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Yep, they’re not the same, but they’re very cute and were only 120 pesos! That’s $1,630 pesos cheaper than the Etsy ones, before shipping! Not too shabby, if you ask me.

I’m obsessed with them. Now we need a cake!

Did you fall in love with an unaffordable topper?

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Mrs. Toadstool

Location:
Obregon, Mexico
Wedding Date:
December 2012

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    debeachgirl 742 posts, Busy bee @ 10:48 am

    I feel in love with the penguins there for our winter wedding and some snowmen from another site. Well out of budget.

    Way to go on finding a less expensive alternative. I think they look perfectly adorable!

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 10:54 am

    I absolutely LOVE your topper!! The little chickens are so cute!!! She did a really good job!

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    tonejis 73 posts, Worker bee @ 11:12 am

    awww !! i wish i saw those before we call my husband chicken too !!
    i love Mrs. Hippo cake topper so i start looking on etsy for Swarovski Crystal Cake Toppers they were like $500 !!!… so i decided to do mine after 800 Crystals and 2 weeks of work i did and i love it!!!
    and i look amazing in the cake and it cost like $100

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:43 am

    man, $150 is crazy! your tippers look great and I’m glad tey didn’t break the bank.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:52 am

    Cute, and such a better deal!

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 12:10 pm

    Those are adorable, and so great that they didn’t break the bank: I can’t imagine spending $150 on a cake topper, I just couldn’t afford it!

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    mswallaby 2062 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:26 pm

    Those are so cute!!! I love the personal meaning behind them!

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    cosmo_gmr 946 posts, Busy bee @ 12:53 pm

    Soo cute!!! Loved them! She did a great job, good call!

    I wanted an acrylic topper and it was a bit expensive adding it up to all the expenses. I live in Bolivia and didn’t find here a place that would make the topper in a heart shape like I had seen online. I toyed with the idea of getting a clay topper but they were too expensive!

    So, long story short we just decided to put flowers on top of the cake. I got the clay and the acrylic toppers (I had to have them!) for our first year anniversay :)

    *You could check them out in my gallery

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:33 pm

    I looooove your topper. She did a really great job. The pearls on top of the veil is such a nice touch

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:50 pm

    Etsy is both amazing and the devil. I fell in love with a few equally as cute fox cake toppers (I had to represent the Bee!) – but for $100+? It just wasn’t feasible. Lo and behold, a friend sent me a link to little fox salt and pepper shakers on eBay selling for $3. I bought them, not knowing what to do with them, initially.. and ended up making my own cake topper out of them. I like to think it means a bit more since it’s so personal to us, just like yours!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 3:02 pm

    They are charming! And for a cheaper price and supporting a local business? Can’t get better than that!

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